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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
Man Utd's Ronaldo in rape arrest
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo attended the police station voluntarily
Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

Scotland Yard confirmed a man in his 20s has been released pending further inquiries into the allegation.

The Portuguese international was questioned about claims a woman was sexually assaulted at a central London hotel on 2 October.

Manchester United said it was "not commenting at the moment".

Ronaldo, 20, attended the station and was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's specialist Sapphire team.

He was held in custody while being interviewed about allegations made by a woman that she was raped in the penthouse suite of a hotel the day after Manchester United played Fulham.

A man in his 30s also kept an appointment at the police station, but has not been arrested.

BBC crime correspondent Neil Bennett said normal procedure was for the police to interview the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator and send a file to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether anyone should be charged.


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